In the late 90s and early 2000s there wasn't a name in women's basketball than Sheryl Swoopes. The three time Olympic Champion, six time all-star and four time WNBA Champion paved that path for female athletes for years to come.

Growing up in the town of Brownfield, Texas Swoopes  grew up with her 3 older brothers and single mother Louise Swoopes. At a young age Sheryl showed skill playing for a local league called the "Little Dribblers".

Swoopes later went on to become a highly touted prospect out of High School and decided to take her talents to the University of Texas but later transferred to Texas Tech. At Texas Tech Swoopes went on to be considered one of the greatest NCAA atheltes in the world and won the 1993 NCAA women's basketball championship to go along with winning the Naismith College Player of the Year award.

At this point in time there was no women's professional league so Swoopes went on to play for Team USA and won a Gold Medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

In 1997 Sheryl Swoopes was recruited to play in the inaugural season of the WNBA playing for the Houston Comets. Swoopes notably had just given birth to her son and still remained committed to play in the 1997 season.

From that point on Swoopes became a stronghold in the league and created a legacy for herself winning the WNBA MVP (2000, 2002, and 2005)  three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2002, and 2003). Swoopes is a four-time WNBA champion (1997–2000). By most Swoopes is considered one of the greatest female athletes to ever pick up a Basketball.


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